Friday, August 26, 2011

Milky Way Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

Inspired by the Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie, I give you the Milky Way Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie! I happen to think these bad boys may even TOP the Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie, because the gooey caramel and melted chocolate center really can't be beat! A huge thank you goes out to one of my favorite fellow food bloggers, Picky Palate, for designing this recipe! I followed her delicious recipe exactly, with the exception of deciding to slice the mini Milky Ways in half to make a more realistic sized cookie.

I'm excited to share these tasty treats with my friends and family over the weekend! If you're looking to put a fabulously sweet and unexpected twist on the age-old favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies, give these a try and let me know what you think! I have a feeling you won't be disappointed!

Tip: Refrigerate the dough for about 15 minutes before assembling the sandwich. It helps to keep the butter from melting, which would make your cookies spread more while baking. It's well worth the wait, believe me!

Happy Baking! :)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

I Love These Pans!

Custom Brownie Pan

Mini Multi Tier Cake Pan

Wilton Giant Cupcake Pan

12-Count Mini Donut Pan
A friend recently emailed me a link to these 17 Fun and Useful Baking Pans for Kitchen Lover and I fell in love! The pans above are just a few highlights from the list, but the webpage features tons of unique pan options for creating delicious treats! Many people don't realize how crucial the pan is to the baking process! It can truly make or break a dish! Hence my obsession with this awesome array of pan options that make it super easy to create delicious and impressive desserts! The first photo is of a custom brownie pan that adds two chewy edges to every brownie! It also fits standard box mixes with no adjustments necessary and works as one continuous chamber, so batter can be easily spread! What more could one want?!

Do any of you own these pans? What are your thoughts? What pans are at the top of your wish list? Let me know what you think! Happy Baking! :)

Cream Cheese Brownies & New Baking Things!

I'm back! After an inexcusably long hiatus, I have finally returned to my favorite place on the internet! I should explain that although I haven't blogged in a while, it does not mean I haven't been baking! I just simply haven't had time to photograph and write about all of my latest creations since recently, all my time has been consumed by job and apartment hunting! Since my last post, I turned 21 in Las Vegas (woohoo!), found an apartment and am in the final stages of finding a job for the fall! In the midst of all of this, I managed to whip up a few yummy things, but unfortunately ran out of the time necessary to document them! But, I am finally back and hoping to be able to make more time to keep this up to date on what's currently coming out of my oven! 

As I mentioned, since my last post, I celebrated my 21st birthday! My close friends and family know how much I love to bake and many of them gave me baking-related gifts for my birthday! So thoughtful! Tonight, I decided to make a batch of Cream Cheese Brownies and pulled out a few of the new baking items I received for my birthday. Below is a picture of my new cupcake timer and mini-measuring flowers that one of my good friends gave me for my birthday! Too cute, right?! I'm mildly obsessed with them. Stay tuned for future posts about many of the other awesome baking accessories I received for my birthday! 

Tonight I decided to bake a batch of Cream Cheese Brownies! I was in the mood for something super-gooey and chocolatey and decided to give these brownies a delicious twist of cream cheese, just to make things more interesting! Check out the photos below of the necessary ingredients, and how the process evolved into a fabulously sweet dessert! Tip: The marble effect can be tricky to create so be careful not to over work it!

This recipe is TOO easy to pass up, so if you're looking for a fast, fun and fiercely tasty treat, give these a try! Let me know what you think! Happy Baking! :)
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